PULLMAN – Two of the country’s premier signal-callers, including Washington State’s Luke Falk, are still in the running for the Burlsworth Trophy – the award given to the top player who began his career as a walk-on.
Falk and Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield were two of the four finalists announced on Thursday. Memphis wide receiver Anthony Miller and Wisconsin tight end Troy Fumagalli are the other two finalists.
The WSU senior was a finalist in both 2015 and 2016, but he was beat out by Mayfield, who has a chance to win the award for the third straight year.
Falk entered WSU’s bye week as the Pac-12 Conference leader in passing yards (3,224) and touchdowns (9-2). The Logan, Utah, native has been named the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week twice this season and his completion percentage (66.8) is the seventh-highest mark in the FBS.
Falk didn’t have any scholarship offers when he walked on at WSU in the fall of 2013. He became WSU’s starter near the end of the 2014 season when Connor Halliday went down with a career-ending injury and has since broke nearly every major Pac-12 passing record in the book.
This season, Falk’s become the Pac-12’s career leader in passing yards (14,117), passing touchdowns (118), total offense (13,755), total plays (2,243), completions (1,367), attempts (2,000) and 300-yard games (29). Falk, who was also named a semifinalist for the Davey O’Brien Award last week, is also the winningest quarterback in WSU history with 27 career victories.